Early summer gives us just enough time in the evenings to head down to the coast after work for a few hours fishing. The gate at Cornwall Canoes closes at 5:30pm. Andrew and myself only have to shoot a few miles down the road and can be on the water by 6:30pm. There is one fish we love to target as it gets dark.... Tope!
A Race to the Fish....
With work closing at 5:30pm we can be launching on the north coast by 6:30pm and with last light at 10:30pm we have more than enough time to catch a few fish. Everything is strategically loaded into the Cornwall Canoes van, with everything set up as much as possible to save time when setting up. I do love light evenings!
Evening tides are usually big tides and big tides are great for Tope, and we love nothing better than fishing for Tope! One evening when the calm weather and tide coalesced we headed down to a beach after work and launched for a few hours targeting these small sharks. Andrew on his Viking ProFish Reload and myself pedalling the Hobie Revolution 16. Fast fishing kayaks to get us to the fish quicker! We headed a little way out and dropped our anchors in a tasty looking spot. It took a little while but eventually the unmistakable sign of a Tope attacking the bait came along. Fish on and i could tell it was a better fish. Holding tight to the bottom and running hard. On braid, these fish feel immense as they power off! This fish was angry and refused to come near the kayak. It is always a great sight seeing a big grey shape appear from the depths as you peer over the side of the kayak. After many runs back too the bottom i had the fish under control and pulled it onto my lap.
A quick measure and the length and girth dimensions gave a calculated weight of 33lb!
Tandem Tope Fishing
Within 5 minutes of dropping the bait down her rod was bent over with a fish taking the bait. The next 5 minutes were quite funny as she took the strain of a powerful Tope!